Indy Sees Record Tourism Numbers in 2012
More than 22 million people visited Indianapolis in 2012, a record setting year for the circle city.
Tourism leaders gathered Wednesday to recap the year and look forward to 2013. Visit Indy spokesman Chris Gahl says last year was especially good beginning with Super Bowl 46. Hotel occupancy increased along with the number of visitors, which generated $3.95 billion in economic impact. Leisure visitors accounted for over $2.5 billion of the total economic impact.
Gahl says 75,000 people in the city depended on tourism for their paycheck, which is up from less than 70,000 in 2010. As for 2013, Gahl says many medical groups will hold conventions in the city, which he says is a sign of expanding Indianapolis as a convention destination. He says the city generally sees sports-related, non-profit and religious conventions, but medical groups is a good sign since attendees to those type of conventions tend to spend more money per day in the city.
Tourism leaders say they hope the success of Super Bowl 46, and the amount of tourism the city has generated, will lead to another Super Bowl in Indianapolis.